David Duchovny to Star in New Charles Manson NBC Drama 'Aquarius'

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It looks like David Duchovny is back on the hunt for the truth and this time, it's on NBC in a new period drama called "Aquarius." Variety is reporting that "The X-Files" and "Californication" star will portray ..."a police detective on the trail of the Los Angeles-area hippie cult leader who turns out to be Charles Manson."

From ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein Productions, "Aquarius" is a 13-episode straight-to-series order that has John McNamara on deck as both writer and executive producer along with Duchovny, Marty Adelstein and Melanie Greene.

According to Variety, the series will take place in the late 1960s and revolve around Duchovny's character of a "Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life. His character and "...his younger partner begin tracking a small-time criminal who specializes in luring vulnerable young women to his 'cause.'"

They also report that "Aquarius" will initially focus on the early part of Manson's "twists and turns" but will save the horrors he commanded in August 1969 for subsequent seasons.

Duchovny commented on his new role and his reunion with Bob Greenblatt who used to head drama at Fox during the heyday of "The X-Files," “I’m thrilled to be working with Bob Greenblatt again and coming back to broadcast television. I think ‘Aquarius’ has a chance to be a special show and I can’t wait to get going." Greenblatt added, ”I’m especially pleased that he wanted to come to NBC where I know there is a big audience waiting to see him.”

The story of Charles Manson demands to be told over and over and people can't get enough. We recently reported on Rob Zombie and Bret Ellis being involved on a new series that will focus on the tragic Tate-LaBianca murders murders of 1969.

No air date for "Aquarius" has been announced but we'll keep you posted on any new developments.

-Larissa Mrykalo